Teaching Latinx History with Bilingual Primary Sources
Endorsed by the OAH Committee on Teaching and Western History Association
Friday, April 1, 2022, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Type: Virtual Session
Tags: Borderlands; Immigration and Internal Migration; Latino/a
Over half of today’s undergraduates studied Spanish in high school or are Heritage speakers (SHL). Historians regularly conduct research in languages in which they are not 100% fluent; students can, too. Teaching Latinx History with sources in Spanish and Spanglish shows students the academic value of the Spanish they already know while elevating their primary source analysis skills. It also enhances SHL speakers’ feelings of academic competence and belonging. In this workshop, an historian and an SHL expert will discuss their pedagogical collaboration, conduct a sample lesson, and inspire ideas for your classroom. “Fluency” not required for instructors, either.
Chair and Panelist: Julie M. Weise, University of Oregon
Julie M. Weise is Associate Professor of History at the University of Oregon. Her first book, Corazón de Dixie: Mexicanos in the U.S. South since 1910 (University of North Carolina Press, 2015), received the Merle Curti Award for best book in U.S. social history from the Organization of American Historians among other honors. More information and bilingual primary sources are available at http://corazondedixie.org. In addition, Dr. Weise is co-producer of a youth-focused podcast about this history, Nuestro South
Panelist: Claudia Holguin Mendoza, University of California, Riverside
Dr. Claudia Holguín Mendoza (Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign) is an Assistant Professor of Spanish linguistics at the University of California, Riverside. She specializes in the sociolinguistics of race in the Mexican borderlands and Greater Mexico as well as critical pedagogies for the teaching of Spanish as a heritage language. She publishes in both English and Spanish and her work has appeared in journals such as International Multilingual Research Journal, Hispania, Studies in Hispanic & Lusophone Linguistics, Identities, and Frontera Norte. She is the former director of the Spanish as a Heritage Language program at the University of Oregon, where she co-developed and co-taught a bilingual Latinx History course with Julie Weise.